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Rootin’ Tootin’ Downhome FUN!

First, to Charlotte Williams … you are so correct when you say the International Virtual Cattle Show is a fun new cattle show concept! Thanks again for encouraging us to participate! It was a hoot! (Part of the fun was meeting the VCS organizer Janet Poole of New Zealand … she too is a truly delightful lady like yourself … you are a matched pair!)
Hello People are you paying attention?! Join in and enjoy yourselves too! The whole “showing process” here is quite simple. It’s all based solely on the animal itself, with each entry anonymously identified by a number only. You simply send in 3 pictures (front, side, rear) of your bovine. No training, washing, clipping, fitting, showing, traveling, time-consuming stress required! OK, maybe there’s a little “anticipation stress” involved!
The entries are sorted in to the standard gender and age appropriate classes (this year had 59 entries; from Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and USA).
Entry pictures are posted online and an International Panel of Judges decide the actual Class Placings. There is also a “Viewer’s Choice” category, where anyone anywhere in the world can vote.
“Live Shows” by their nature require the judge to make a “snap decision,” but our judges were able to take more time to analyze the merits of each animal. To top it off, this Panel of Judges explained in writing the basis of their decisions. So very educational as well! Just go to www.amhbn.com and you’ll see what we’re tallking about!
So come on everyone, lighten up, grab your cameras and join in the fun! They’re already starting to plan the 2013 Show!
Finally, on a personal note, many thanks to everyone involved: entrants, judges and the voting general public. We’ve enjoyed knowing other folks also appreciate our little guy “Duke” (1st in Class and 1st in Viewer’s Choice… Awesome! What an honor! ) We’re proud this little fellow has represented the Mini Hereford breed and the USA so nicely!

Virtual Miniature Hereford Show

This year’s Virtual Cattle Show for Miniature Herefords attracted almost double the entries we had last year and more have indicated they would like to take part next time. With four countries participating – Scotland and America in the north and Australia and New Zealand in the south – there was a good representation of Miniature Herefords from a wide variety of environments. This shows their versatility in coping with different climates, terrain, pasture and management.
The Judge this year was a Dexter breeder but also an All Breeds Judge. She took on board the requirements for judging Miniature Herefords and her in-depth comments for every entry were very much appreciated. For her part she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are grateful for her participation.
There were some new entrants this time and one of them managed to win both its breed class and the Viewers’ Choice. This was the yearling bull, IBA Duke of Ireland exhibited by Bob and Joan Massengale of Iti Biti Acres in Colorado. The Judge’s comments for this entry were:
“Attractive masculine head. Level top-line with square tail-set. Legs at four corners, wide and clean through brisket although front feet toed out slightly. Tight sheath, scrotum showing ligament definition and tilting back slightly. Good body length and spring of rib. Nicely balanced bull.” Our congratulations to them for their first effort.
By providing the three views the Judge was able to make a comprehensive analysis and readers will be able to see these reflected in her comments. For the future we encourage all exhibitors to spend time getting these three views as it gives a better profile of their animal.
There will be some slight adjustments for next year’s rules, one of them being changing Class Twelve (poll vote) to a favourite photo rather than be chosen just from the breed classes as there was not so much interest in the poll voting this year. This photo can be one already presented in a class or something quite different. These will help attract viewers to look at the particular appeal of the exhibit. For example, this photo (opposite page) ranked second in the poll yet was unable to be placed in breed classes owing to the very young age of the calf which meant its attributes were yet to develop.
There was a good selection of entries in each of the classes so that first to fourth placings were able to be made in almost all sections. It is proposed that Certificates for placings be made and possibly prizes for winners if appropriate sponsors can be found in each country which enters.
Many competitors are getting out their cameras now so that when the next VCS approaches they will have a good number of photos to choose from. New competitors are also encouraged so those who have already taken part may like to spread the word about it. There is not room in this article to display more photos but full coverage of the VCS can be seen on both the MBHA (www.mhbaonline.org) and AMHBN (www.amhbn.com) websites.
Here I would like to express my gratitude to Julie Stott (Australia) for her website recordings of the event and thanks to all competitors who took part. I had a wonderful time sorting the photos into their respective classes and enjoying the sight of so many Miniature Herefords from different places yet all with the distinctive features that are the mark of this smallest variety of Hereford. Congratulations to place getters and all who entered – you have worked well.
Photos top to bottom: VCS Champion IBA Duke of Ireland side view, front view, rear view submitted by Iti Biti Acres in Howard, Colorado, USA. Opposite: Reserve Champion Viewer’s Choice.

Pacific Northwest Miniature Hereford Show

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the PNW Regional Miniature Hereford Show held in Salem, Oregon. The days were nice and warm with pleasantly cool evenings for our 13th annual show. This year we started our week with move-in on Monday, August 27, followed by Weights and Measures on Tuesday morning. Our tradition of coffee, juice and doughnuts continued each morning and was sponsored by Allen Family Farms, Silver Peaks Farm, and DuVal Farms.

This year the PNW Regional show sponsored a new event open for every breed in the Open Beef Barn to participate in…Cow Olympics. This event was open to anyone ages 6 thru “too old to ask” who had an animal and was willing to run through the timed obstacle course. Twenty-five individuals participated in four divisions with Miniature Herefords, Shorthorns, and Shorthorn Plus being represented. Everyone had so much fun and we drew quite the crowd of spectators. This new event was even reported in the local newspaper in a half page article–way to go Miniature Hereford Breeders, oh, and of course the Mini’s won in three of the four divisions, they may be small, but they are quick. We ended Tuesday evening with our annual no-host Breeders dinner where everyone had the opportunity to catch up and visit with old friends and meet the new breeders who attended.

Wednesdays are usually a day of rest and a time to speak with all the public, but not this year. This year we had our first Mini Hereford Costume Contest. We had ten entrants with a variety of costumes ranging from a Hula Heifer, Sheriff Nate, a Lion, an Angel, a soccer coach, a Ballerina, and even the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Dorothy. The competition was held at the Livestock Showcase Stage where the general public was the judges. After leading these little cuties around the stage showing off their wonderful costumes the votes were cast with the Ballerina winning. What a wonderful experience for both the youth competing as well the public who participated in the judging.

The Open show started at 10am on Thursday, August 30, with the Junior Showmanship competition following. We had 15 participants in the Junior Showmanship, ranging from ages 4 to 18, competing in four separate age brackets; our winners are Jake Allen in the Peewee division, Emma Eldridge as a Junior, Jesse Potter in the Intermediate, and our Senior division winner, Lauren Uhde. Emma received the Overall Grand Champion Showman award–Congratulations! After the completion of the show and photographs, our exhibitors gathered for an End of the Trail Luncheon featuring sub-sandwiches, awarding Open show and Junior showmanship prizes, and announcing the results of our silent auction, the proceeds of which contribute to the Junior and Open shows.

I would also like to recognize our 2012 PNW Regional show sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: MHBA and DuVal Farms. Gold Sponsors: Abiqua Animal Clinic, Allen Family Farms, Central Oregon Ranch Supply, LE&J Cattle Service, PJ Ranch LLC, Silver Peaks Farm, Straitside Ranch, Sweet Sippin Acres, VSI, and Wooden Nichol Ranch. Silver Sponsors: Cornerstone Acres and D&A Miniature Herefords. Bronze Sponsors: Blue Raeven Farms Inc, Dawson Cattle Company, and Half-Pint Herefords.

The PNW Regional show is an excellent exhibition for anyone wanting to experience a friendly show atmosphere with plenty of marketing opportunities to the public. I highly encourage everyone to come to the OSF next year for a truly wonderful show!

Tri-State Fun!

2011 Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Amarillo, TX
September 17 – 19, 2011

As its name implies, the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo in Amarillo, TX is hosted by three states – Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma –but, as the premium book says, is open to the world. Despite this ambitious invitation, the show retains its atmosphere of relaxed, easy-going rivalry among friends and neighbors. There is an old-style feel to the show that welcomes families and smaller breeders, while encouraging the competition and drive to win that has made our country great.
The second annual Miniature Hereford show was no exception. Although there were folks such as Meredith Roberts and his crew from J & M Farm that traveled nearly a dozen hours to reach the show, there was also a representation by LK Robinson Farms of grandparents, parents, and kids from the hometown of Amarillo. They also brought their friends, Andrew and Cheraye Aguirre. A new member of MHBA joined our ranks when young Cole Brown showed his steer, Art. Overall, there were thirteen exhibitors with thirty-seven animals, making this year’s show even bigger and better than last year and surpassing the number of entries by most of the other breeds.
The show began with an outstanding set of three classes of youth showmanship with thirteen young folks, including a last minute entry. Aubree Blissard won the Pre-Junior class with a skill that only comes from many long hours of practice. Alea Smith took the Junior class, demonstrating that a willing worker can develop good techniques with only a couple of years of showing. Kirstie Kasch finished in the Senior class with her heifer, Joy, purchased just last January in Denver from Olson Miniature Herefords. The pair went on in the open show to take Reserve Grand Champion Female, so Kirstie’s special feeding program definitely paid off. And although he did not win his class, more than one observer noted the courage it took for Ethan Smith to use a bull for a showmanship competition!
The open show was just as exciting with a wide variety of animals and stiff competition throughout. Greg Schulz took top honors for Grand Champion Female with his heifer, SF Miss Princess Josie, shown by Madeline Smith.
Weston Robinson showed the Grand Champion Bull, LK Spencer, which he and his family raised at LK Robinson Farms. Rounding out with the Reserve Grand Champion Bull was Leah Stroud showing WW Tom Thumb, a little bull from WW Ranch.
The show finished where it started when three five-year-olds and their steers beat out all other ages in the ring. The Prospect Steer, LK’s Lightning, was shown by little Madeline Smith. Barrett Howe proudly led his steer, JAM G-Man from J & M Farms, to take Grand Champion Steer, and Corbin Marsh completed the day with a massive animal that he fondly calls Shaggy.
Now we are looking forward to next year and invite all of you to join us – but only if you want to have fun!

Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show: 12 Years of Tradition

This year, the Oregon State Fair celebrated its 12th Annual Open Mini show, now recognized as the Pacific Northwest Regional Miniature Hereford Show. I would like to extend a special thank you to the exhibitors new to showing (Allen Family Farms, Cornerstone Acres, and members of the Silverton FFA) as well as the greatest appreciation for the continued exhibitors.
The PNW Regional show commenced with move-in on Monday, August 29, followed by Weights and Measures on Tuesday morning. Our terrific tradition of a coffee, orange juice, and doughnut breakfast continued each morning and was sponsored this year by PJ Ranch, Silver Peaks Farm, and Allen Family Farms. Tuesday night, all of our exhibitors and their families met at the Roadhouse Grill for a no-host Breeders Dinner where everyone had the opportunity to catch up with old friends. Wednesday was dedicated to preparing for the show, talking with the public, and just relaxing. It was the mini’s turn to show off on Thursday morning, beginning at 9:00 with the Open Junior Showmanship contest. We had 15 participants ranging from ages 3 to 18, competing in four separate age brackets; our winners are Bailey Geniesse in the Peewee division, Mikayla Geniesse as a Junior, Kylee Williams in the Intermediate, and our Senior division winner, Kelsey Potter. Kelsey is also our two-time Overall Grand Champion Showman–Congratulations! The Open Mini show began promptly at 10:00. After the completion of the show and photographs, our exhibitors gathered for an End of the Trail Luncheon featuring pizza and the drawings for our raffle baskets, proceeds of which contribute to the Junior and Open shows.
I would also like to recognize some of our show sponsors: MHBA, Abiqua Animal Clinic, Sweet Sippin’ Acres, PJ Ranch, DuVal Farms, Mt. Angel Meat Company, Eric & Erin Eldridge, Glen & Jeanette Nichol, Potter Auto Specialties, Allen Family Farms, Louetta Shiplet, Straitside Ranch, as well as Tony & Kim Brooks.
The PNW Regional show is an excellent exhibition for anyone wanting to experience a friendly show atmosphere with plenty of marketing opportunities to the public. I highly encourage everyone to come to the OSF next year for a truly wonderful show!

A Picture World: Miniature Herefords

A PICTURE WORLD OF MINIATURE HEREFORDS

Buckets of fun! With eleven competitors and a total of sixty-three entries across the twelve classes I think this first Virtual Cattle Show was successful. There has been enough positive feed back to warrant holding it again next year. Does the month of June suit everyone? The programme will be much the same but with a few adjustments to bring it in line with more serious competitions. It would be great, too, if we could find sponsors who could supply real prizes to the placegetters in their particular countries. Something to work on.

A common comment was the appreciation of being able to view Miniature Herefords of similar ages in the different countries. What big bottoms you Americans have – your cattle, I mean! Someone asked if they were double-muscled like the Belgian Blue, Parthenais, and Piedmontese. Seeing the different developments of animals in the classes has inspired us to look to our own breeding programmes and a sharing of experiences can only be helpful.

Results of the Individual Breed Classes are still to come but will be able to be viewed on the AMHBN website which is www.amhbn.com . There are, however, results from Classes 10, 11 and 12 and you can see all the photos for these on the mentioned website. They are:

Class 10 – Scenic

First – Page 4 – Jennie Menzies (Perian Stud) New South Wales, Australia
Second – Page 3 – Joy Walters (Boomercreek Stud) Tasmania, Australia
Third – Page 7 – Janet Poole (Riverlets Stud) Northland, New Zealand

Class 11 – Entertainment

First – Page 5 – “Go on, make my day!” – Ruth Blaikie, Northland, New Zealand
Second – Page 4 – “Wonder how much bull power this has?” – Julie Stott, NSW, Australia
Third – Page 2 – “Watch my tail!” – Charlotte & Steve Williams, Texas, USA

Class 12 – Viewers’ Choice

First – Photo No. 1. Kirstie Kasch, Texas, USA – Miniature Hereford Enthusiasts
Second – Photo No. 2 Charlotte and Steve Williams, Texas, USA – Never to young to start.
Third Equal – Photo No. 5, Alistair Hargrove, Northland, NZ – Four young MH ladies
Photo No. 8, Julie Stott, NSW, Australia – Mother and Child
Photo No. 9, Jennie Menzies, NSW, Australia – Evening Supper

A big thank you to all who took part, all who helped organise and all who gave us useful feedback for another show. For those of you who would like to compete next year start taking photos now. The schedule of classes can be seen on www.amhbn.com and there should only be minor alterations. If the numbers grow we may have to look at running regional, national and then a final international Virtual Show with place getters from each going on to the next competition but time will tell.

Janet Poole,
Riverlets Miniature Herefords,
New Zealand.

 

 

NILE Recap & Champions

Due to a hail storm in Billings, the NILE was held under a tent. The weather was sunny and warm every day and the rad glow from the tent made a festive atmosphere. Our judge was great, particularly with the children. He took time to question and encourage each one. Dan Vanek took time from his busy schedule to conduct a Showmanship Clinic using Peg Aldridge’ heifer Cinder. I wish I could have recorded the detailed pointers he shared. He was a super teacher. Afterward we had a Cookie Bar featuring all home made cookies. The show stopper were the Miniature Hereford Cookies made by—– Jensen.
Once again we had fabulous prizes. They were handed out by a very pretty and pregnant Casey Morris. What a picture of bounty. Her husband Dave Morris handled the back gate and Cynthia Duvall was show secretary. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS ! A huge thanks to KP Ranch, Duvals, Peg Aldridge and Lindsy’s Littles, Lakeland Feed and Quality Supply for their sponsorships.

Grand Champion Female: DuVal Farms with DF Aurora Borealis
Reserve Grand Champion Female: Lindsay Littles with LL Playmate Pearl
Grand Champion Bull: Lindsay Littles with LL Playmate George
Reserve Champion Bull: DuVal Farms with DF Sullivan Pride

Best in the West: Another Great Year

Another Great Year at “The Best In The West” Oregon State Fair
By: Region 8 Roving Reporter

Celebrating its eleventh consecutive show, the Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show is truly “The Best In The West.” With over 50 head of Minis registered for the OSF, the 2010 show proved to be a tremendous success. The show coordinators and participants expressed their immense appreciation for those breeders who continue to support the OSF as well as the newcomers from Oregon, California, Montana, and Colorado.

Exhibitors moved their cattle into the 150-acre Oregon State Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon, and conducted weights and measures on Tuesday. Breeders were greeted each morning with the aroma of fresh donuts, orange juice, and Starbucks coffee—sponsored by DuVal Farms, PJ Ranch, and Sweet Sippin’ Acres. Wednesday’s show began at 3:00 pm, where first in class winners received 50-pound bags of grain along with a blue water bucket; division champions and reserves were awarded leather show halters fitted with engraved nameplates; specialty classes (Cow/Calf, Pairs, Best 4 Head, etc.) received award platters or trophies. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand females and bulls were presented with belt buckles sponsored by Dr. Brian Dietrich, DVM, owner of Abiqua Animal Clinic, Bob and Peggy Potter of PJ Ranch, and Jerry and Cynthia DuVal of DuVal Farms.

Directly following the Open Miniature Hereford Show, the third annual Jr. Showmanship competition occurred; this year fifteen contestants ranging from ages 2 to 17 vied for four division champion belt buckles (Peewee, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior). Each participant received a trophy and goodie bag filled with livestock shampoo, show cattle probiotics, and more. Winners of the belt buckles are: Peewee Division (Sponsored by James Allen Farms, Markum, OR) – Abby Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Junior Division (Sponsored by Potter’s Auto Specialties, Silverton, OR) – Emma Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Intermediate Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin’ Acres, Whitmore, CA) – Kylee Williams, Sequim, WA; Senior Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin’ Acres, Whitmore, CA) – Kelsey Potter, Silverton, OR.

As a special remembrance for John Johnson, owner of Straitside Ranch, Betty Johnson sponsored the creation of the “Oregon State Fair Overall Grand Champion Junior Showman” traveling plaque, which will be awarded annually to the overall champion Junior Showman. The first award recipient is Kelsey Potter, from Silverton, Oregon, who purchased her first Miniature Herefords in 2009 with her family, owners of Silver Peaks Farm.

To round out Show Day, exhibitors were invited to a special dinner at McGrath’s Fishhouse to celebrate a terrific show for all. The “End Of The Trail” Luncheon took place Thursday at “High noon,” prior to cattle move-out and was sponsored by DuVal Farms. This was a time for breeders to share stories, laugh at jokes, and say farewell. Additionally, raffle drawing results were announced during the luncheon for over a dozen donated baskets, proceeds of which contribute to the Junior Showmanship competition. Overall, the 2010 Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show was a terrific, family-fun experience that continues to be “Best In The West.”

Bulls Eye: A Winning Calf

Danielle Riley from Cedar, Kansas
received Reserve Champion in her
class at the 2010 Smith County
Fair with an Angus/Mini Hereford cross
steer.
Bulls Eye was born on 3/17/09. His
momma was a big black Angus cow that
calved late the year before. We used Hugo, a Miniature Hereford bull, on
all of our late calvers and for clean-up at the end of the breeding season,
so we had about half a dozen Angus/Mini Hereford crosses. Bulls Eye has
a crazy freeze brand looking mark on his left front shoulder that Dani
wished would have been on his “show side.” He was an average size calf
when he was born and was pretty square and boxy looking from day 1.
The girls immediately took a liking to him.
At weigh-in on July 16, 2010 he weighed 1188 pounds and was the
lightest calf in his class, but was definitely the most finished. Hugo’s mini
features really popped in Bulls Eye in the last 60 days, from his nice wide
frame to his full brisket. The combination of that and his momma’s tall
and long lines were perfect to receive Reserve Champion in his class. We
fed him Honor Show Chow from Pro Ag in Kensington, Kansas. Bulls
Eye sold for the maximum price at the premium auction, $1,042.00 over
market price.
This is Danielle’s 4th year in 4-H and 4th year in the beef project. She
already has a mini Hereford/Angus cross calf picked out for next year. Dani
and little sister Matti both like the same calf, so hopefully there will be a
couple Angus/Mini Hereford cross calves at next year’s Smith County Fair.

NWSS Recap

The 2010 National Western has already come and gone, it doesn’t seem possible. The show weather was great in Denver, not so good in the states many breeders had to go through to get there and go home. Just shows we have many fearless and loyal breeders! There were 149 cattle shown in Denver by 39 breeders, up from last year so we continue to grow despite the economy.
Our Sale at NWSS was a success with the sale of 21 head of cattle, 3 embryo packages, and 10 straws. The Grand Champion Female and the Grand Champion Bull were also offered for sale. The gross was $95,680.00 and after all expenses were paid, $1500.00 was the profit for the MHBA.
The membership in Region 7 continues to grow along with interest in our cattle, which is a good thing for our cattle and us as breeders. If you know people with kids in 4H and/or FFA talk to them and get interest going in having Miniature Hereford classes started in their local fairs for the younger kids.
Jo Young is busy getting things ready for the NILE Show in Billings, Montana in October.
The MHBA membership continues to grow and expand its horizons with new programs being discussed in committees. With imput form our membership we will continue to move forward. If anyone has any suggestions please contact me by phone or email. 970-487-3037 H 303-903-1032 C Lkugeler@aol.com
Lesta Kugeler Region 7

Texas Shows

2010 Miniature Hereford Shows at:
Houston Livestock Show in Houston, Texas and
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo in Austin, Texas

Congratulations to all our exhibitors for bring such an excellent group of cattle to show and for the public to see. Many were impressed with the overall quality of cattle and for the fantastic job done by all in preparing the cattle for the shows. The cattle at both shows are a credit to our breed and an excellent representation of our breed of cattle.

We thank all who helped make these shows possible. It is a team effort to plan and put on these shows. Houston and Austin were both great this year and we had record turnouts for both shows. Our shows continue to grow here in Region 6. Our membership here in Region 6 also continues to grow. It is amazing to me how many breeders we now have. In a year of economic challenge, our (MHBA) shows continue to grow, with more cattle and more breeders at our events and activities. This says a lot about the excitement surrounding our cattle and the commitment of our breeders to promote our breed.

Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 2010 had 145 entries from 35 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 22 exhibitors with 122 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 13 exhibitors with 23 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. I had the opportunity to speak with our judge after the event and he shared the following comments with me: “Congratulate all your breeders. I am very impressed. When I was asked to judge miniature Herefords, I must admit, I did not know what to think. These cattle are for real. There just aren’t any bad cattle here today. This is one of the toughest days I’ve had judging cattle. The differences are very subtle and these cattle are very correct. There just isn’t any junk here today.” That is a great compliment for all of us as breeders. Breeders of all breeds are noticing our cattle and just how great they are.

Our Miniature Hereford Show at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo for 2010 had 117 entries from 34 exhibitors this year. Our Open show consisted of 23 exhibitors with 98 entries. Our Pre-Junior Show consisted of 11 exhibitors with 19 entries. Our Pre-Junior program consisted of youth from MHBA, MHYA, and TPLA. Our judge at Austin had similar comments, as our judge in Houston did. He was very impressed with our cattle, our exhibitors, and our youth.

We expect to have Junior divisions and classes added to our program for 2011 at both of these shows.

We held our second annual Miniature Hereford Auction at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo this year. We ended up with 70 lots in the sale. We had a very mixed group of cattle for buyers to look at this year. We had three (3) Market Steers from Pre-Junior exhibitors, 22 show heifer prospects, 2 prospect steers, 23 heifers and bred heifers, 2 cow/calf pairs, 13 bred cows, and five (5) bulls. The sale grossed $124,400 (This is my tally, the official sale numbers will be published separately). The sale provided a little bit for everybody. If you were looking to get into the miniature Hereford business, whether you were looking for show cattle or just pasture cattle, there was a little of it all to choose from. We had consignments from about a dozen different breeders scattered across the USA and we thank them all for helping to make this a great sale. We thank all of our buyers to helping this sale continue to grow each year. We hope to make this one of the largest miniature Hereford sales in the world.
Each year we learn things we can and should do differently to help make next year’s projects even better. With the support and input of the participants we will continue to improve both our shows and our sales.

Before I move onto my next topic of discussion I would like to thank everyone who helped make these shows a success. Participants, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors; without you these events cannot and would not happen. YOU are the backbone of what we do. YOUR comments and ideas are appreciated and all are considered. If you have suggestions for our shows and activities here in Region 6, please share them with me. If you can volunteer your time to help with any of our activities, please let me know. We need all the help we can get. The more help the better.

Cattle Health returning from shows and new purchases:

You just bought new cattle at a sale or out of a stall at a stock show or a breeder. You have brought them home and are ready to turn them out with your herd. They look just awesome and you’re so proud of your new purchases. Now what? Are there any procedures one should consider? Here is what we do at Schulz Farm;

1. All cattle coming in, our own show cattle, new purchases, etc…, are quarantined away from all our other cattle for a period of 14 to 30 days. This allows us to monitor health of our show animals to ensure we do not have any shipping fever, or that we have picked up any new bugs at the show. All cattle are treated for external parasites as they come off the trailer.

2.New purchases: These cattle are monitored for 7 days for health, after which, assuming they are healthy we vaccinate all of them. If they do not show they have been ear notch tested for BVD, we do the ear notch test for BVD PI.

A good BVD PI testing program is a good idea for any herd. An animal only has to be tested once in their life for this. Animals are born PI and they will shed the virus for as long as they live and all their offspring will be PI’s also. If you buy cattle that have not been tested you should test them.

3.Bulls should be tested as if you are taking them to a bull stud. Brucellosis, Trich, etc… You never know what happens in the middle of the night at a stock show when you’re not there.

4.Young cycling heifers that are still too young to be bred. You may want to preg test them, 30 to 45 days after the show. You never know when a bull may have got loose during the night and serviced your young heifer. A simple preg test may save a heifers life. We do not take any chances here. We give all our young cycling heifers a shot of Lutulyse about 10 days upon return from a stock show

You may be thinking “wow!” “What a pain this is!” The pain of a few procedures such as this is much less than dealing with the pain of having a bull with trich, or a BVD PI coming into your herd. There are those who make light of BVD because it is not a regulated disease in most states. It is not regulated because it is not transmittable to humans, but it costs the livestock industry billions of dollars. The introduction of a BVD PI into your herd may result in devastating events for your herd. Even the best and most ethical breeders can end up with a problem such as this, without ever even knowing it. Even though you have a good vaccination program, you are not immune. Vaccines are NOT 100%, and BVD vaccines are probably less than 80% effective against this virus. As a breeder you can do everything right, and still end up with an infected animal. There is NO cure. BVD PI’s must be disposed of.
How can one of my own animals get infected? Let’s assume you have a BVD PI tested FREE bred female and you are at a stock show. Let’s assume this heifer is 75 days bred. She is tied to a rail across from an animal who is BVD PI (positive) or BVD acute. They touch noses, or the infected animal coughs on your animal. Your animal is now exposed. Your unborn calf now runs the risk of being born a BVD PI. Assuming your bred heifer is healthy and vaccinated, with all probability she will be just fine. If she (your heifer) is BVD PI (negative) she cannot ever become a BVD PI, she could only become acute. This is just one way you can get your animals infected. This can happen through a fence shared with a neighboring herd at home, at the vet clinic, etc….

Please review your procedures and vaccination protocols with your veterinarian. One final note on vaccine’s: Make sure that you review the label thoroughly prior to administering the vaccine to your cattle. Many vaccines cannot be given to bred cows or cows that are lactating, thus you will need to find an alternative that will still provide adequate protection against the disease you are vaccinating for prevention.

 

 

Dixie-Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

In October, North Carolina had their Dixie Classic Fair. This fair takes place in Winston-Salem and is one of the largest standard size Hereford shows in North Carolina. When I called to see about bringing our Miniature Herefords to the show, I was encouraged with great enthusiasm to bring them. At any time I had a question about our entries or anything regarding our stay in Winston-Salem, the livestock super was very helpful. We had some apprehension about going to the Dixie Classic, but once we arrived we
knew we had made the right decision. We were warmly welcomed and treated very well. Everyone was very interested in us and people wanted to talk to us about the breed and the young bull that we had brought. Friendly, hospitable, and helpful describes the other exhibitors there. As soon as we arrived, we went in and represented the breed to the best of our ability, conducted ourselves in a professional manner and put on a decent show. In response, many of the exhibitors were eager to find out about the miniatures. We were complimented on our animals. We didn’t have any negative feedback which was something we were prepared for. One of the mornings, the fair provided a catored breakfast. A very nice touch to go along with our wonderful experience. The response from the public was fantastic. The show was better than we expected. We had a judge that has judged all around the United States and has judged in the past in Denver. He was impressed with the minis and had a lot of good things to say. The owners
represented there were Capeside Farm, Straitside Ranch, Ivey Glen Farm and Cherub Station. We feel that this fair has the potential to be a very profitable place to exhibit the Miniature Hereford breed.

Our goal in the upcoming years is to continue to attend the Dixie Classic along with the Raleigh State Fair that is the following week. We hope to have our own show in the next three years. We were asked and encouraged to bring more animals next year. I would like to encourage those breeders close to North Carolina to please come see us or plan to attend next year.

We hope to expand throughout region 2 by finding more places to exhibit theMiniature Hereford breed.
~ Ben & Jayme Williams

Northern International Livestock Expo. Review

Was it a cattle show or just a big party with lots of laughs and hugs ? BOTH !

With our generous sponsors, Quality Supply, Lakeland Feed, Seven Ranch and MHBA we passed out colorful pitchforks, calf creep, feed tubs, embroidered jackets and T-shirts. The latest rose gold buckles went to Grand and Reserves.

Thanks to Mark and Michaelina Campbell the pancake breakfast was delicious and the coffee raved about. Our clinic presenter, Mark King, wowed us all, novices as well as old hands, with his informative presentation on cattle conformation.

Everyone came away with a clearer idea of how to evaluate an animal for not only beauty but durability and longevity as well. One of our celebrities was too ill to make
it, so we only had 3. All were well known and liked, so we had a large number of spectators who wouldn’t otherwise have seen our cattle and asked that question we all love to hear “Where can I get one of those little guys ?”

Thank you KP Ranch and Lindsay Littles for the use of your baby bulls. A special thanks to Dan and Beatrice Jensen and their 2 girls. This was their first show and though they brought no cattle this time, they scrubbed, fed, watered and led, thus getting the full experience. Hopefully they’re hooked and will show next year.

Peg Aldridge organized our Junior show and will be looking forward to next year. We will have showmanship as well as breed classes. Next year there will only be 2 shows in the Northwest, Oregon State Fair and the NILE in Billings. Let’s get out and support them.
~ Jo Young

Fun against “The Big Girls”

by Sherry Robinson

We bought our minis this year and began a wonderful trek. Who would have ever believed that we were the proud owners of a new species. Or at least that was what we began to hear when we started looking for places to show our heifers. When we introduced our new heifers to our grandkids, Weston 14, Ethan 12, Alea 9 and Madeline 3, there was an instant love relationship that was even amazing to us. This relationship between the heifers and our grandkids brought about a new and arduous task: that of finding places for them to show their heifers that was in a somewhat close proximity to us here in the Texas Panhandle (6 to 8 hours away or less would have been nice). Because of the lack of close Miniature Hereford shows we decided to go ahead and enter the heifers into shows in which they would show against “The Big Girls” as our grandkids so cautiously put it. With that in mind we knew that we would probably not win, but at least the grandkids would get a chance to show their heifers and get practice in before going to the bigger Miniature Hereford shows. Now mind you: who would have thought you would have to convince people that these were not a new species but in fact
a registered Hereford heifer with the AHA, just taken back to the original size and a little smaller. So feeling that this was a good way to let people see the minis first hand and get to know the heifers we proceeded. When permission was finally granted to us to enter the heifers our grandkids were ecstatic and entered their Miniature Hereford heifers in the Amarillo TX Tri State Fair. They were placed in the AOB Class the first go round and then in the Hereford Class the 2nd time. And as the grandkids said always against “The Big Girls.” In this show at the Tri State Fair we have 2 generations showing at the same time: our son Kily, his son Weston; our daughter Nici and her son Ethan and daughter Alea. They would not let Madeline show in the ring so she would walk the heifers around for exercise and also take them to the show ring. Many people saw that
this was a family affair and one that we all were enjoying together. It was impressive to everyone that even our 3-year-old could handle the calves. We had more inquiries than most of the exhibitors there and most were about having their young kids show the minis. Parents are tired of their young ones being hurt and drug and parents having
to take control of the calves. They are beginning to see a big advantage to a little smaller sized calf. I have to tell you that the general attitude toward our cattle was great and it was good for all of us and everyone there. Also we were approached by a regional representative for the Jr. Hereford Assoc. about having our grandkids join the Jr. Hereford Association and showing their miniature heifers here this coming summer at their show. They would love to have the Miniature Herefords show also. So we highly encourage everyone to seriously look at entering your mini heifers even against “The Big Girls.” As our grandkids say “NEVER GIVE UP, WHO KNOWS YOU MIGHT JUST WIN ONE OF THESE TIMES.” But at least go ahead and get out there and show them what a mini is made of. AND BY THE WAY WE WON 2ND’S THRU 7TH’S BOTH GO ROUNDS and that was against “The Big Girls” and we loved every minute of it.

A Decade of The Best in The West: Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show

By: Region 8 Roving Reporter

The 2009 Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show certainly was “The Best in The West.” This year marked the 10-year Anniversary of a Mini Hereford show in Oregon—the only one other than the National Western to reach this milestone. The entire four-day event went without a hitch as every breeder extended helping hands to each
other whether in the wash racks, tie outs, stalls, or preparing for show.

Upon arrival at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, exhibitors received “Welcome Bags”—which included special hats embroidered with ranch names, Hereford cookies, a cow cookie cutter, and local Oregon products. MHBA members were greeted by the sweet smell of fresh doughnuts, orange juice, and Starbucks coffee, which was sponsored by a different breeder each morning.

By 8:00, bidding began on ten silent auction items (ranging from a painting, to cattle equipment, to lavender baskets) that were graciously donated by Straitside Ranch, Sweet Sippin’ Acres, PJ Ranch, LE & J Cattle Service, DuVal Farms, and Wayne Baize.

The Show was one of the best events I have been to, with a line up of first in class prizes enticing exhibitors and their cattle, an outstanding judge, and intense competition. Forty-five head of Miniature Herefords were entered into this year’s Oregon State Fair show! Each first in class winner received a 50-pound bag of feed and a feed pan. Grand Champion Female and Grand Champion Bull were presented with a championship neck sash.

The Second Annual Junior Showmanship competition directly followed the Open show, with twelve kids, ages six to 18, participating in four divisions, each wearing a donated matching embroidered denim shirt. They were all presented with special medallions, a feed pan, rope halter, and wash brush. Champion Showmen from each division also received embroidered chairs; additionally, the Grand Champion Showman was awarded a gift certificate to Sullivan’s Show Supply.

At the Awards Banquet later that night, open show division winners were presented with handcrafted embroidered scrapbook albums while specialty classes received embroidered stadium blankets or brass engraved picture frames. Grand and Reserve Champion Female and Bulls were awarded with embroidered armchairs. My favorite
awards accompanied the Pair of Bulls winners—an engraved knife with “Keep the Best, Cut the Rest” for Reserve, and two matching nose bugs with brass-plated leads for Champion. John and Betty Johnson of Straitside Ranch were recognized for their contribution to the Miniature Hereford breed by receiving a plaque and blanket. Every exhibitor concluded that night’s banquet with an award. On Monday, members were treated to a picnic lunch provided by DuVal Farms and Straitside Ranch. Everyone joined together once more to swap stories and laughs before heading for home.

“A Decade of The Best in The West” was an amazing show for everyone!

Iowa State Fair: Non-Stop Fun!

By Bev Strong

Hear ye, Hear ye! The Iowa State Fair is over for another year. This is worn out Director 5 sending a big THANK YOU for all that attended and helped make the show run smoothly. A big THANK YOU to all who let the wooden bull come back to Montezuma and gave Ronald McDonald a $500 donation. We raised $700 from selling sweatshirts and donated items. There were 81 head that showed in open show and 23 breeders. Several were first timers and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. Most attended BBQ on Wednesday night with hamburgers beans, chips and, of course, Iowa sweet corn. A big thank you to Craig and Terri Warren & Darrel Bailey for working so hard. It was
a good time and nice to meet the new people. The Celebrity Bull Class was fun and I think it made people aware of our breed. We had articles in our Des Moines Register talking about our breed. We had thirteen Celebrities show with all receiving big rosettes saying “I Showed A Miniature Bull At Iowa State Fair.” Baby Bulls received a sash to match. We had two prospect steers show and 9 market steers in the junior division. In the end we had 92 head show. So until next year this is Bev Strong saying “Thanks again!”

Washington State Fair, 2009

The Central Washington State Fair was a successful little show, with 5 breeders and 21 head of cattle. We went in on Wednesday September 30, and were released Sunday October 4, five days is a long time to spend in a barn. The weather was chilly and definitely showing the fall colors, but a good time was had by all.  Everyone had the opportunity to take home some purple.

The Central Washington State Fair has probably the largest selection of Polled Miniature Herefords of any show, 2nd only to Oregon.  These cattle are owned by Straitside Ranch, DuVal Farms and Diamond S Herefords.  The only horned cattle were represented by J Cross Miniature Herefords.

You’ll find our champions listed below, but will find the complete list of show results posted in Hall of History on the MHBA website.

Grand Champion Bull was awarded to DuVal Farms.

Reserve Champion Bull was awarded to Straitside Ranch.

Grand Champion Female was awarded to J Cross Miniature Herefords.

Reserve Champion Female was awarded to DuVal Farms.

This show is not however on the schedule for next year, Region 8 will concentrate their support for the Oregon show that was also a great success.  If anyone has any questions on the Oregon show please contact:  Cynthia DuVal or Erin Eldridge.

So for all the breeders in Region 8 that made CWSF a success I thank you.

Arlou Cox

Region 8 Director

Full Show Results available here.